Title: Agribusiness and value chain management students' attitude towards entrepreneurship in Haramaya University, Ethiopia: promises or practices of modularisation?

Authors: Mohammed Aman

Addresses: College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, School of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Haramaya University, P.O. Box 50 Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Abstract: Despite the implementation of modularised approach of teaching in the undergraduate agribusiness and value chain management (ABVM), formerly named agribusiness management (ABM), programme in Haramaya University, how it influenced students' entrepreneurship attitude remained unstudied. This study intended to assess ABVM and ABM students' attitude towards entrepreneurship role. The study was conducted in the second semester of the 2012/2013 academic year. A structured questionnaire and availability sampling techniques were used to select a total of 128 students. The Guttmann's three-point scale was used to identify the attitude of students. Results revealed that 93.7% of them perceived entrepreneurship role positively. Students with entrepreneur(s) family have statistically significant access to ICT. ABVM students found to have a positive and significant perception towards employability and income generation role of entrepreneurship. Hence, the promises not the practice of modularised teaching highly influenced the attitude of students. Focus is needed on practical aspects of modularisation.

Keywords: student attitudes; entrepreneurship; agribusiness management; ABM; value chain management; VCM; learning; modularisation; Ethiopia; higher education; ICT access; employability; income generation; modular teaching.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMED.2015.069306

International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development, 2015 Vol.14 No.1, pp.1 - 10

Published online: 10 May 2015 *

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